The struggle of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people for full equality is one of this generation’s most important and galvanizing civil rights movements. Despite the many advances that have been made, however, LGBT people continue to face discrimination in many areas of life.
Neither Pennsylvania law nor federal statutes specifically prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. However, federal courts and some federal agencies have recognized discrimination against LGBT people as a form of gender or sex discrimination. Additionally, more than 40 local governments in Pennsylvania have ordinances prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations against LGBT people.